Global airport volumes up 4.7 per cent in 2014: ACI

Worldwide airport cargo volumes rose by 4.7 per cent in 2014, year-on-year to 102 million tonnes, wiThpositive levels of growThacross all six regions according to the Airports Council International (ACI) in the latest edition of its World Airport Traffic Report.


Worldwide airport cargo volumes rose by 4.7 per cent in 2014, year-on-year to 102 million tonnes, wiThpositive levels of growThacross all six regions according to the Airports Council International (ACI) in the latest edition of its World Airport Traffic Report.

Hong Kong (HKG) and Memphis (MEM) take the first and second places respectively for the busiest air cargo airports wiTh4.4 million and 4.3 million tonnes of cargo handled in 2014. Airports in the Asia-Pacific region handled the largest amount of air cargo during 2014, followed by North America, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa, respectively (over 2013):

1. Asia-Pacific (40.5 million tonnes, up 6.3 per cent)

2. NorThAmerica (28.9 million tonnes, up 3.0 per cent)

3. Europe (18.4 million tonnes, up 3.2 per cent)

4. Middle East (7.4 million tonnes, up 9.2 per cent)

5. Latin America-Caribbean (5.0 million tonnes, up 0.6 per cent)

6. Africa (1.9 million tonnes, up 5.1 per cent)

The ACI’s World Airport Traffic Report also noted that the world’s air cargo market is highly concentrated, wiThthe top 30 air cargo hubs handling 53 per cent of global air cargo volumes.

Hong Kong and Memphis remain the busiest airports in terms of air cargo traffic (4.4 and 4.3 million metric tonnes of cargo respectively). The two Shanghai airports – PVG and SHA – handle 3.6 million tonnes combined, taking the third position in the air cargo hubs ranking.